Adam Waldowski

Adam Waldowski

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If it's Oscar-nominated, Australian, found footage or made-for-television, it's hopefully already in my watchlist.

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  • The Captain's Paradise

    The Captain's Paradise

    ★★★½

    A zany sitcom premise if ever I've seen one. There's only about an hour's worth of actual plot here, but it bookends so nicely with Alec Guinness getting his comeuppance that I'm willing to overlook the lulls.

    60/100

  • Wrong Turn

    Wrong Turn

    ★½

    At 110 minutes, this ends up as an endurance test. The first twenty minutes or so are promising, but it's all diminishing returns once they, well, take a wrong turn.

    28/100

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  • My Best Friend Is a Vampire

    My Best Friend Is a Vampire

    ★★★½

    Using vampirism as metaphor for homosexuality long before it was cool, this is surprisingly thoughtful for a teen horror comedy. The messaging is progressive despite not actually having a gay character. Among the highlights are Robert Sean Leonard's awkward coming out speech (as a vampire, of course) and his parents mistaking him for gay, reading guidebooks on the subject, and accepting him before being corrected. It's entertaining watching Leonard come to terms with himself and he's an affable, awkward teenage…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    The height of hubris for Gerwig to think she could improve upon Louisa May Alcott’s structure. By fracturing the timeline, it cuts most character arcs off at the knees. Emotional moments are dulled or simply don’t work. To compensate, the tone is manic as characters are constantly breathless, giggling and smiling to suggest connections that otherwise aren’t established. Contrasted with Gillian Armstrong’s warm, heartfelt, definitive 1994 version, it’s an abject failure.

    45/100